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October 2007 The Knowledge-Sharing Newsletter
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MetalForming Web Seminar

Tool Shop Optimization: Keeping the Die Industry Competitive

With guest speaker Peter Ulintz

Thursday, October 25, 2pm ET
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"We make every possible effort in order to offer our customers a one-stop type of service, from help in product development to the design and manufacturing of molds, and even the molding of the part itself."


Listen to an interview with Gary Neeley from Moules Industriels


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October 15th - 18th
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Last month we discussed the shortage of skilled workers and what you can do to elevate the proficiency level of your workforce. With such dearth of experienced toolmakers, retaining your existing talent becomes critical to the success of your business. Following last month's topic of keeping your employees skilled, we have a couple of additional articles covering related aspects of good people management.

Skilled workers, however, are often opinionated. You can find many articles about the importance of reaching consensus in the workplace. Surprisingly enough, though, great value can be found in disagreement. Think about it before you go into your next management meeting.

Business appears to be improving for the mold making industry, according to the recent Mold Business Index. A mold shop that has been successful through the industry's ups and downs is Quebec-based Moules Industriels. You can now hear about some of the keys to their success in a podcast interview (see sidebar).

Die makers will also have the opportunity to learn more in an upcoming webinar hosted by Cimatron in collaboration with MetalForming Magazine-- "Tool Shop Optimization: Keeping the Die Industry Competitive." See the sidebar for registration. You will find an article written by the webinar's keynote speaker Peter Ulintz in the Die Making Focus section of this newsletter.

Enjoy the issue,

Sam Golan
CEO & President
Cimatron Technologies, Inc.


Keeping Your Workforce Happy

Cutting costs and cycle time might be at the top of your list of concerns, but neglecting your employees can hurt the bottom line.


Encouraging Disagreement

"Gentlemen, I take it we are all in complete agreement on the subject here... I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting, to give ourselves time to develop disagreement..."

- Legendary GM president Alfred P. Sloan Jr.


MOLD MAKING FOCUS
A Gradual Business Improvement

After a slow start to 2007, activity levels for moldmakers have remained remarkably steady over the past four months, while the outlook calls for a gradual rise in activity for the remainder of this year and into next.


DIE MAKING FOCUS
High-Speed Stamping

What may be considered a high-speed stamping operation at your company may not be high-speed in other industries or at other companies.



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